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Woodford Reserve Releases Master’s Collection Finished in Brandy Casks

Woodford Reserve Brandy Casks

Woodford Reserve announces the release of its latest expression in the limited edition Master’s Collection — Brandy Cask Finish — which will hit shelves in November. As the first whiskey to be finished in an American brandy cask, this new expression is yet another product of Woodford Reserve’s continued appreciation and commitment to innovation and craftsmanship.

Marking the eleventh release in the Master’s Collection, Master Distiller Chris Morris began with fully mature Woodford Reserve bourbon which was then finished in brandy casks for nearly two years. Upon completion of the maturation period, the finished casks were batched together to create this one-of-a-kind whiskey with crisp caramel and dried fruit notes. Finishing fully mature Woodford Reserve in these brandy casks accentuated Woodford Reserve’s rich dried fruit and nut characteristics developed from the grain recipe and fermentation process.

Brandy, a spirit distilled from wine or fruit, is often aged in oak barrels. Unlike bourbon, brandy does not have the new, charred barrel requirement allowing their barrels to be used multiple times. Therefore, this release is technically not a bourbon but rather a finished whiskey.

“As with every Master’s Collection release, this expression highlights Woodford Reserve’s creativity and dedication to innovation. I’m extremely proud to say we’ve yet again done something very special,” said Master Distiller Chris Morris. “Among Woodford Reserve’s many flavors include fruit and spice notes which the brandy casks emphasize. Both products showcase rich, intense vanilla notes from their barrel maturation making the combination of the two a true success.”

Brandy Cask Finish will be available for purchase in select markets within the United States and in limited international markets beginning in November with a suggested retail price of $99.99 (varying by market) for a 750ml bottle presented at 90.4 proof.

Originally introduced in 2006, the Master’s Collection has become an acclaimed addition to the Woodford Reserve portfolio, with the Collection gaining its inspiration from the tradition and rich heritage that today surrounds the historic distillery. Though individually unique, each Master’s Collection release encompasses the distillery’s one-of-a-kind production capabilities, combined with Woodford Reserve’s focus on contemporary style and straightforward presentation.

Tasting Notes for Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Brandy Cask Finish

Color: Warm red ochre.

Aroma: A medley of chocolate, maple syrup and caramel drizzled over toasted hazelnuts, dark raisins and dried cranberries. Soft notes of oak and spice linger in the depths.

Taste: Toffee-covered dried fruit and toasted hazelnuts warmed by delicate wood spice notes.

Finish: Long and warm with a touch of caramel lingering on.

Crown Royal Debuts First Whisky In Its “Noble Collection” Limited-Release Range

Crown-Royal-Cornerstone-BlendKicking off a new “Noble Collection” of limited-edition whiskies under its Crown Royal brand, Diageo has introduced Crown Royal Cornerstone Blend. The new luxury Crown Royal edition is a 40.3%-abv blend of three whiskies: a Bourbon-style Canadian whisky, a spicy Canadian rye and Crown Royal’s Coffey Rye whisky. Retailing at $59.99 a 750-ml., Cornerstone is rolling out nationwide, limited to around 10,000 cases. Diageo plans to release a new specialty Canadian whisky under Crown Royal’s Noble Collection annually.

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NEW and Limited: Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum Cream

coconut-spiced-rum-cream-bottleBlue Chair Bay Rum announced its newest born-on-the-beach flavor, Coconut Spiced Rum Cream, available for a limited time. This latest expression builds on Blue Chair Bay Rum’s fast-earned reputation for crafting signature taste profiles, with gentle, clean notes of toasted coconut infused with silky vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, all carried by a creamy texture. Whether savored at an Indian summer stolen beach weekend, or wrapped in a bow for that perfect rum-lover’s gift, Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum Cream brings its own special kind of warmth wherever it goes.

Blue Chair Bay Rum’s newest flavor launches on the heels of its Banana rum, introduced this summer and an instant hit coast-to-coast — beachside, lakeside and otherwise-side. Like Banana and the brand’s three original White, Coconut and Coconut Spiced varieties, Coconut Spiced Rum Cream was created and is wholly owned by multiplatinum singer-songwriter Kenny Chesney.

Blue Chair Bay Rum Coconut Spiced Cream is an ideal base for laid-back, no sweat cocktails, and beautiful enjoyed on its own, or on the rocks. And for all that taste, it’s surprisingly light on calories. With that creamy body and nutmeg-dusted profile, you might just forget that old heavyweight egg nog come holiday time. (Some early tasters have even taken to calling it The Un-Nog.)